Heroin drug addiction rehabilitation
Heroin, a member of the opioid family of drugs, is a powerful, illegal substance, derived from morphine. Like many opiate drugs, heroin has strong painkilling properties and is one of the most addictive and dangerous substances available.
Without comprehensive, expert treatment, heroin addiction can result in a wide range of long-term problems and can have a truly devastating effect on all aspects of your life, health and wellbeing. However, it’s important to understand that heroin addiction is treatable, and the most crucial first step is to seek support.
What is heroin addiction?
Heroin is a Class A drug, derived from the powerful painkiller, morphine. Heroin is widely abused throughout the UK and worldwide, even though it carries serious health risks and the possibility of a fatal overdose. The drug is so addictive, that people continue to use it over and over again, even when it has devastating consequences on all areas of their life including their relationships, careers and their general mental and physical health.
Taking heroin results in feelings of tranquillity and relaxed euphoria, and the drug can also block your ability to feel pain due to its powerful anaesthetic effects. In addition, people often report feeling ‘numb’ after taking heroin, meaning that this drug can often mask underlying emotional and physical issues, which could be fuelling your heroin misuse.
The most common method of consuming heroin is by injecting it. However, it is also possible for this substance to be snorted or smoked. Because heroin is so addictive, tolerance develops very quickly, meaning that you need to take increasingly higher doses of heroin, and more frequently, in order to experience the desired ‘high’. Over time, this results in individuals finding that they are unable to function without heroin, experience severe withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop or cut back on their heroin use, and place themselves at greater risk for a fatal heroin overdose.
When heroin addiction has reached this point, it is crucial that you seek expert psychological and medical support.
Treatment for heroin addiction in Southampton
At Manor Clinic, our addiction experts are committed to providing high quality heroin addiction treatment, allowing each and every one of our patients to regain control of their lives and achieve long-term recovery.
In order to make the process of seeking support as easy and straightforward as possible, we are pleased to offer a free, no obligation addiction assessment. This provides you with the opportunity to meet face to face with a member of our experienced addiction treatment team, explore your individual concerns and challenges, learn more about the heroin addiction rehabilitation process, and begin to develop an understanding of the journey that you could be taking towards getting your life back on track.
Heroin addiction treatment at Manor Clinic starts with an intensive, medically assisted withdrawal detoxification (detox) programme. Detox is the process by which all traces of heroin are removed from your body in a carefully controlled environment, whilst managing the unpleasant and distressing withdrawal symptoms that you will likely experience when you no longer have heroin in your system.
- 24-hour clinical support from experienced medical professionals who will ensure that your safety is a top priority
- A substance-free environment to prevent the possibility of relapse
- Controlled medication can be prescribed if required, to help to alleviate any discomfort that you may experience as part of the withdrawal process
Following detox, when you are physically stable, you will be ready to commence with our intensive programme of group therapy. We use a range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques at Manor Clinic, helping you to address the underlying causes and triggers for your addictive behaviours, improve your self-esteem, learn effective coping mechanisms, and take steps towards the healthy, fulfilling and addiction-free life you deserve.
In addition, our beautiful centre, complete with modern, en-suite bedrooms and expansive private gardens, really does provide the perfect sanctuary for you to overcome your addiction and focus on your recovery.
An expert heroin addiction treatment team
Our Manor Clinic experts have extensive experience in treating heroin addiction. Not only can we help you to overcome the physical side of this dangerous addiction, but we will also provide you with the tools to stay abstinent and healthy in the future. In addition, our methods are evidence-based and recovery-focused, giving you the best possible chance of success and helping you to achieve long-term recovery.
This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in October 2019 and is scheduled to be reviewed again in October 2021.